Alpha Omega M.D. – Episode #71
…Willy and Herbert exchange sideward glances, neither having seen so much as a smudge of soot on him….
Just two adult visitors (Herbert & Willy) and their host (John) retire to Hillside Estate, just as the setting sun dips below the tree line, glowing dimly all the way.
Martha is faithfully waiting outside her San Luis Lake castle with Agnes at her side, along with Wooly the sheepdog who is sleeping at their feet. And though they are accustomed to the prolonged absence of the head of the house, they do not rest until he is safely home. They have anticipated guests for the night by, so they need to prepare the spare bedrooms. Ever since the unexpected loss of the irreplaceable Olla, mother and daughter take up the care for the house, no one therein is having the will to find another upstairs maid.
“We were wondering if the doctor kidnapped you, perhaps to harvest your organs,” Martha says, with a hint of sarcasm with a pinch of resentment.
“They are old, Martha dear. I help them whenever I can. Today I cleaned the front room chimney. I can feel a chill coming soon and I don’t want their house to burn down. It would be ashes in a blink of an eye.”
Willy and Herbert exchange sideward glances, neither having seen so much as a smudge of soot on him.
“Should we make you men some supper? You must be famished,” she offers dutifully.
There have been giant strides in the area of cooking, but it remains the single most missed chore of Laura Bell’s former jobs; the menu.
“Oh my, yes, a true European delicacy it was,” agrees and adds Love. He is mildly suspicious of John’s liberty with small details.
“Let’s go inside and enjoy some Indian spiced tea. John, would you start a fire in the den… or is our chimney not fit for a autumn fire?”
“Certainly dear” he ignores the snide addendum to the request. “Say, where is James?” he wonders.
“I will give you three guesses and the first two do not count.”
Alpha Omega M.D.